With the African American Festival (which will take place June 21-22 in Baltimore at the Camden Yards Sports Complex) taking place next month, the spotlight will be the group Mint Condition. Here are 10 things you may not know about the group:
1. Was discovered and signed by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to Perspective Records in 1989.
2. Nominated three times for Soul Train Awards (Best R&B/Soul Single by a Group, Band or Duo for What Kind Of Man Would I Be– 1997), Best R&B/Soul Album by a Group, Band or Duo for Definition of a Band– 1997) and (Best R&B/Soul Album by a Duo or Group for Livin’ the Luxury Brown– 2005)
3. Their ballad, “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” stayed on the Billboard charts for 34 weeks and was certified gold by the RIAA.
4. Mint Condition was featured on the biographical TV One series, Unsung, April 2013.
5. Joined Prince in December 2010, for his Welcome 2 America tour.
6. The band started in 1984 in St. Paul, Minn., at Central High School.
7. One of the group’s original members, Ray Lynch, is the son of Roger Troutman (Computer Love).
8. They’ve recorded albums on Perspective, Elektra, Image, and now Shanachie Records.
9. Currently the group consists of members Stokley Williams, Ricky Kinchen, Homer O’Dell, Larry Waddell, and Jeffrey Allen.
10. Their independently released project, Livin’ The Luxury Brown, hit No. 1 on the Independent Album Charts in 2005.